Diversity can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different. The aspects of diversity include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture, religion, mental and physical ability, class, and immigration status. While diversity itself is not a value-laden term, the way that people react to diversity is driven by values, attitudes, beliefs, and so on. Fully accepting diversity is a major principle of social justice.
Our diversity education and training programs are designed to encourage dialogue and interaction among staff and students about issues related to diversity. We believe that an understanding of the differences and similarities that ACS community members bring to our corporation makes for better relationships among community members and a richer educational environment. Taking a proactive rather than a reactive approach to diversity education, we seek to build competencies and thought processes among ACS staff and students that prepare them for living in a diverse community at ACS and beyond. Diversity education takes many forms at ACS including facilitated discussions, workshops, guest speakers and more.
This diversity toolkit has been compiled as part of Anderson Community School’s ongoing effort to provide resources to the whole ACS district, including all staff, students and parents. Each and every one of us carries responsibility for our workplace culture and educational climate at ACS. The toolkit can be used as an adjunct to the educational programs ACS already offers to departments and teams or as a resource to develop strategies and plans for improving inclusion and engagement within a new initiative. The diversity toolkit provides links to publications (books, journals reports etc.) as well as links to electronic sources. We hope that you visit the site often because we will regularly expand the resources within the diversity toolkit.
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Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership